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EMG swap may go back to stock

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by RyanHelms, Oct 5, 2003.


  1. RyanHelms

    RyanHelms

    Sep 20, 2003
    Cleveland, OH
    I swapped an EMG Select passive "J" into my Yamaha RBX-270 P/J and, lo and behold, I actually prefer the stock pup! The EMG has a more ballanced output than the Yamaha for sure, but I discovered that's what I liked about the stock pup. More "quack", like I'm playing way back by the bridge regardless of my right hand position. Anyone else use/have an opinion of EMG Select's?

    -RH
     
  2. Eric Moesle

    Eric Moesle Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2001
    Columbus OH
    "Selects" are the low-end, cheapie version EMG brands its name on, used on low-end bass lines. Try a real EMG and you'll likely be impressed.
     
  3. Schwinn

    Schwinn

    Dec 4, 2002
    Sarasota, FL
    Yeah, I have EMG selects in an Ibanez bass. They get the job done, but are nothing special, that's for sure.
     
  4. RyanHelms

    RyanHelms

    Sep 20, 2003
    Cleveland, OH
    Thanks guys. I'll steer clear.
     
  5. RyanHelms

    RyanHelms

    Sep 20, 2003
    Cleveland, OH
    Hmmmmm, a set of EMG Selects plus the EMG-BTS or BTC is less than a set of "real" EMG's.... I'm going to try that combo and see what happens. Can always upgrade to EMG-P or -J and, viola, already have the 2 band active.

    -RH
     
  6. alexclaber

    alexclaber Commercial User

    Jun 19, 2001
    Brighton, UK
    Director - Barefaced Ltd
    Like a large violin? Real EMG pickups are a world away from Selects - I'd strongly recommend you to go for them rather than trying to use an active preamp to make the Selects sound good.

    Alex
     
  7. EMG's sound compressed to my ears. I have the same bass and I hardly ever use it because of the pups.

    Maybe I need to go passive too?:meh:


    [​IMG]
    Treena
     
  8. RyanHelms

    RyanHelms

    Sep 20, 2003
    Cleveland, OH
    M'kay. So much for EMG Selects. I saw them in the StewMac catalog and thought "StewMac don't sell no junk, they just happen to have a really good price on those". Oh well.



    :D
    Is it "vwalla"?
     
  9. Mark Gollihur

    Mark Gollihur Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 19, 2000
    Gloucester County, NJ
    Owner/President, Gollihur Music LLC
    You can really bring standard EMG actives to life by bumping them up to 18v from 9v. They sound great already, but the 18v upgrade makes a huge difference. And costs about 50 cents.
     
  10. RevGroove

    RevGroove Commercial User

    Jul 21, 2002
    Burlington ON Canada
    Manager, Account Services: Long & McQuade Ltd. (Burlington); MTD Kingston Basses International Emerging Artist; Bartolini Electronics Emerging Artist

    I agree...did this myself and was totally impressed with the difference in sound.
     
  11. Seriously? Where do I get the upgrade specks?

    [​IMG]
    Treena
     
  12. RevGroove

    RevGroove Commercial User

    Jul 21, 2002
    Burlington ON Canada
    Manager, Account Services: Long & McQuade Ltd. (Burlington); MTD Kingston Basses International Emerging Artist; Bartolini Electronics Emerging Artist
  13. RyanHelms

    RyanHelms

    Sep 20, 2003
    Cleveland, OH
    :rolleyes:

    Hey Treena, let us know what yer pups do if you decide to bump up to 18v.

    Nice little thread y'all, thanks.

    -RH
     
  14. joeplayfunkbass

    joeplayfunkbass

    Nov 1, 2003
    Taiwan
    there is no different between 9V and 18V, more headroom?? head my ass, I put one more battery in my EMG and nothing happen, people will say that ..."oh, there is more headroom", i did the "A" "B" test and still thought that people like the 18V is because it sounds cool!!
     
  15. If you do not notice a major differnce in headroom, aka: more low end- with emg's-soapbars, bartolini's, or even stock fenders- maybe you did not install it correct. It changed the preformance of every one of my bass's- almost always for the good-unless it points out to you, that you truly do not care for the tone range of the brand you are using-now that you can hear them fully. good luck
     
  16. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    I took my Steinberger XM2A (2 EMG-HB pickups and an EMG-BTC) from 9V to 18V, and it was night-and-day. I did it the cheap and easy way with the snap-in harness (Mark Gollihur's method), which allowed me to do almost instantaneous comparisons between the two voltages.

    I'll never run EMGs at 9V again!
     
  17. RevGroove

    RevGroove Commercial User

    Jul 21, 2002
    Burlington ON Canada
    Manager, Account Services: Long & McQuade Ltd. (Burlington); MTD Kingston Basses International Emerging Artist; Bartolini Electronics Emerging Artist
    If you don't notice a difference, then you likely installed the second battery in parallel, and not in series. In parallel, all you're accomplishing is lengthening the amount of time between battery changes. You're increasing the power to 18v when you install in series.
     
  18. Johnny BoomBoom

    Johnny BoomBoom Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2001
    Glasgow, Scotland

    I tried it on my Spector REX2000/5. I noticed the differnce immediately....more headroom. The amount of boost I could dial in made a real difference

    I then did it to my 2 Czech NS5CR basses - wow! A simple mod and quite a difference. Also while I was in there I messed around with the dip switches on the pre-amp board to sort out the basic tone!